Impact on WhatsApp Users
If you have been using WhatsApp and are worried about your data might be used by the company, you must surely go through this write-up. Read on to know more about what changes the company has introduced which will come into effect next month.
What are the changes?
We know that WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption. This means that your messages are safe. There are 3 updates that the company is introducing. These 3 are-
- The manner in which the app carries out data processing.
- The way in which businesses can make use of Facebook hosted services so that it can store services and facilitate managing chats on WhatsApp.
- The company intends to integrate products of Facebook with WhatsApp
What kind of data will WhatsApp gather?
What will be shared with Facebook?
WhatsApp won’t have ads- But only for now
So, you might get to see these ad banners on the screen in the near future.
Storing data – What information will the app store?
According to the policy, if you are not using a location-based device, it will get your “IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (city, country)”.
Deleting account may not be of much help
Deleting the account does not necessarily mean that data related to you will be deleted too. “When you delete your account, it does not affect your information related to the groups you created or the information other users have relating to you, such as their copy of the messages you sent them”, according to the policy.
Exercise caution while communicating with business accounts
According to the policy, “When you message with a business on WhatsApp, keep in mind that the content you share may be visible to several people in that business”. It implies that if you are communicating with a business account, it cannot be assessed as to how your information might be processed, regarding sharing information with third-parties service providers.
The company has given time until February 8th, 2021 to accept the terms and conditions. You will get to see a pop-up on your screen. If you are comfortable with the changes, you can accept the terms and conditions, else your account will be deleted.
There is, however, a catch here, your data will continue to remain with the company. So, deleting the account may not change the manner in which the company accesses your information.
While the privacy policies might be a cause of concern for some people, others might be comfortable accepting them.